Tellus Science Museum
Our Mission: Because science matters, we engage, educate, and inspire visitors to make scientific connections through dynamic exhibits and enriching experiences.
Tellus is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Eye-popping exhibits like an 80 foot-long Apatosaurus and a replica Wright flyer excite and amaze visitors of all ages. Children will have a blast conducting hands-on experiments with light, sound, magnets and more. Dazzling gems and minerals sparkle and glow alongside interactive exhibits demonstrating how the Earth moves and changes.
My mother and I had the pleasure of visiting the Tellus Museum last week! We accompanied my daughter along on a fieldtrip with her 3rd grade class. We always love visiting this museum. The museum never gets old & there is always something new and exciting to see on each visit.
There are currently six galleries and three special exhibits.
Weinmann Mineral Gallery
When entering the museum Foucault’s Pendulum exhibit will grab your attention first. This pendulum swinging back and forth demonstrates how the Earth rotates . The students just stood there in fascination.
Next, in the main hall you are greeted by the ginormous Apatosaurus, coming in at 82 feet long and 23 feet high. He was so large I could not fit his entire body in my camera lense.
Next we proceeded to the fossil gallery. In there you will be able to see all types of different dinosaur fossils. The students learned how dinosaur fossils are discovered.
My daughter was particularly amused (or grossed out) by touching dinosaur poo!
From the fossil gallery, the students headed to the Fossil Dig exhibit next where they had a chance to dig for fossils. It was exciting to watch them as they pretended to be real archaeologists digging & using tools such as paint brushes, searching for real dinosaur fossils from long ago underneath the sand.
They were even allowed to take home a couple of fossils for souvenirs!
The students were then given a lesson on fossils in the laboratory room. They learned how fossils were formed & preserved in the lab room using clay and real fossils.
This concluded the student’s field trip . We did not have a chance to visit the planetarium, the mineral gallery, & the Science in Motion gallery. Those exhibits are a must see when you are there. Also, the little ones would especially love the My Big Back Yard Exhibit so make sure you go check it out. When visiting the Tellus Museum, I would allow atleast three hours to be able to see everything. Make sure to come hungry so that you can grab a bite to eat in their cafe afterwards. Because it was a 2 hour guided tour, the students did not get to see everything but that was okay. My daughter enjoyed herself so much, we are highly considering their membership option so we can visit back often.
Oh, one more thing! Don’t forget the beautiful gift shop. On our way out, my daughter was eager to take home a souvenir. They had all sorts of goodies in their! My daughter picked out an awesome Gem T-Shirt, a super cute stuffed animal that is extinct and a Tellus pen. She was extremely excited to take home something that reminded her of her visit!
Teacher & Student Resources:
For pre and post lesson planning for your field trip, they have a great resource here for educational activities for the kiddos.
For more information on tickets, group sales or field trips :
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive
PO Box 3663
Cartersville, Georgia, 30120
770-606-5700 ext 419
Directions & Hours:
Tellus Science Museum is located in Cartersville, Georgia (Bartow County) off exit 293 on Interstate 75. The museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The
Children (3-17) $10
Student with ID $10
Active Military with ID FREE
Seniors (65+) $12
All prices subject to change and does not include planetarium. Group rates are available.
*ADMISSION (includes FOSSIL DIG & GEM PANNING)
Calendar of Events:
Check back often for updated calendar of events. Tellus is always hosting something fun such as movie showtimes, lunch & learn, Friday night Science nights and more! They even have homeschool days too. So check back often.